09/16/14 5:25pm

APD badgeThe Alexandria Police Department is investigating a weapons violation that occurred at Maury Elementary School in the 600 block of Russell Road this afternoon. See our live blog on this incident at this link.

Today, at approximately 12:10 p.m., police were called to Maury Elementary School for a person brandishing a weapon. Several elementary school aged children reported seeing an unknown male while they were playing outside the school. The man was on the other side of a chain link fence when he called to the children to draw their attention. When several children looked over at him, he pointed what appeared to be a “long gun” at the students. The children ran to inform an adult. The man was not on school property. No children were injured.

Numerous police officers circulated the area to search for the suspect. A Fairfax Police Department helicopter also assisted with the search. Maura Elementary School was placed on a “lock-in”, which means the students went about their day as normal, but were not allowed outside. Police Officers stayed on scene and assisted with the school’s dismissal.

The suspect is described as a black male between 14 and 18 years old, with a medium complexion, 5’6″ to 5’8″, a thin to medium build, with a short black mohawk style haircut. He was wearing a black shirt, blue pants, black boots, and carrying what appeared to be a “long gun”.

Police ask that anyone with information related to this incident or the suspect contact Detective Mike Whelan at 703.746.6228.

09/16/14 4:25pm

(PR Web) Drivers from Idaho, Washington, D.C., and New York have been judged to be the rudest drivers, according to a survey by Insure.com, an independent consumer insurance information website.

Also judged to be quite rude are drivers from Wyoming, Massachusetts, Vermont and Delaware.

Here’s how the top 10 rudest drivers rank, based on a survey of 2,000 licensed drivers nationwide:

  1. Idaho
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. New York
  4. Wyoming
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Vermont (tie)
  7. Delaware (tie)
  8. New Jersey
  9. Nevada
  10. Utah

See the rankings for all states at this link.

09/16/14 11:20am

Wythe Street Park being cleared in the Parker Gray area of Alexandria, Virginia
This is an update to this post.

We get requests all the time about this park, which is currently being cleared of the existing structures on the Pendleton Street side of the Wythe Street park (Click link above if you have not seen the renderings). I have a call into a few people and will update as soon as I have something definitive.

09/16/14 10:53am

Local commuters encouraged to try public transit during the month of September

DASH joins other transit systems and local jurisdictions across the commonwealth to promote Try Transit Week, September 15 -19, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is a great time to discover new alternatives to your commute and how to get around while saving time, money, and energy!

DASH is offering three chances for you to join us in Try Transit Week activities:

  1. Create a one minute video or submit your answer in writing, and answer the question: “Why Do You Take Transit?” Email your answer to DASHContest@alexandriva.gov. The winner will receive a DASH Goody Bag that includes a DASH Pass valid for one calendar month. Entries are due by September 30, 2014.
  2. Like DASH on Facebook, Follow DASH on Twitter, and subscribe to DASH eNews and be entered to win a DASH Pass.
  3. Join DASH at various Alexandria locations, and in Arlington at the Shirlington Transit Center, for transit give-a-ways. Enter for a chance to win a DASH Pass when you pledge to Try Transit and practice pedestrian safety!
  • Sat., Sept. 13 – Del Ray Farmer’s Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon., Sept. 15 – King Street Metro Station: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 16 – King Street Metro Station: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 16 – Shirlington Transit Center: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 17- Potomac Yard (Staples): 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thurs., Sept. 18 – Shirlington Transit Center: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Thurs., Sept. 18 – King Street Metro Station: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri., Sept. 19 – Alexandria Transit Store: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More information on these activities is available at www.dashbus.com.

What is Try Transit Week?

Try Transit Week, which takes place September 15 -19, 2014, is a week-long, educational event designed to encourage Virginians to reduce their use of single-occupancy vehicles and try a form of transit such as bus, rail, or trolley. Pledge to try transit Try Transit Week and you will be automatically entered to win a one year of transit service and a pair of round-trip tickets on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional. Visit trytransitweek.org to learn more about the event and to enter your pledge.

09/16/14 10:47am

APD Road closed


The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a suspicious package Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Courthouse Square at U.S. District Court. It is not known whether the package was inside or outside the building.